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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 12, March 22, 1999, Article 5

CURIOUS COIN OF 1652  

   The May 1865 issue of The Historical Magazine contains 
   the following article titled "Curious Coin of 1652", 
   authored by "D.F." of Providence.  

     "Can any of the readers of the Historical Magazine throw 
     any light upon the origin or history of the following curious 
     coin, which was dug up in the town of Norton by Mr. 
     Briggs a few years since.  It bears upon the obverse the 
     impression of two distinct punches -- one giving the date 
     1652; the other the figures VIII, surmounted by a lion. 
     Below the Roman numerals is the letter S between two 
     dots.  

     Upon the Reverse, there is an impress of the figure XII, 
     underneath which is a shield between two dots.  The 
     planchet is the same size and bears a similar resemblance 
     to the N.E. shilling, but is of copper.  

     This coin has recently come into the possession and is 
     now is the cabinet of Mr. George T. Paine of this city. 
     The coin bears a decidedly New England appearance, 
     and may have been struck as a trial or pattern piece 
     to supply the want which was felt at that time for a 
     copper currency.  

     Can anyone suggest anything further in regard to this 
     interesting coin."  

   Martin Gengerke's "American Numismatic Auctions" 
   lists Mr. Paine as a consignor to W. Elliot Woodward's 
   15th sale, December 10, 1866.  Can anyone tell us if 
   this coin was catalogued for the sale? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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